Category: Environment

Leaving the Sea: Staten Islanders Experiment with Managed Retreat

Elizabeth Rush
PUBLISHED BY: Urban Omnibus ON February 11, 2015
NASW Science in Society Award

In Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, an often-overlooked cranny of the city’s “forgotten borough,” the unthinkable is happening — seaside homes of longtime New Yorkers, sold to the State, are being razed to return the neighborhood to wetlands. …

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Uprising: The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

Phil McKenna
PUBLISHED BY: Matter ON November 6, 2013
AAAS Kavli Award NASW Science in Society Award

By the time Bob Ackley crossed the Harlem River into Manhattan he’d been up for nearly four hours. It was still dark, not yet seven on a Sunday morning: the best time of the week to go sniffing for gas. …






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End of the Miracle Machines

Abrahm Lustgarten
PUBLISHED BY: ProPublica ON June 16, 2015
National Academies Keck Award

A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. …






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Battle of the Ash Borer

Matthew Miller
PUBLISHED BY: Lansing State Journal ON July 27, 2014
AAAS Kavli Award

Tom Yack steered his black SUV past the blue-and-electric-purple walls of the Skatin’ Station II and swung south toward the industrial buildings that line Ronda Drive. To the east, the 1.1 million-square-foot W. F. Whelan Co. warehouse that used to be a Kmart distribution center. Along the road, companies that make up much of Canton Township’s small manufacturing base: Champagne Grinding & Manufacturing Co. and Directional Regulated Systems, Inc. and a dozen others. …






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Storygram: Cally Carswell’s “The Tree Coroners”

Cally Carswell • June 30, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: High Country News ON December 16, 2013
NASW Science in Society Award

There are few better places than Frijoles Mesa to study the mortality of trees. This tongue of land lies partly within the grounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. To the west rises Cerro Grande, a mountain riddled with the charred skeletons of fir and pine trees. …






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Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

Craig Welch
PUBLISHED BY: The Seattle Times ON September 12, 2013
National Academies Keck Award

Katharina Fabricius plunged from a dive boat into the Pacific Ocean of tomorrow. She kicked through blue water until she spotted a ceramic tile attached to the bottom of a reef. A year earlier, the ecologist from the Australian Institute of Marine Science had placed this small square near a fissure in the sea floor where gas bubbles up from the earth. She hoped the next generation of baby corals would settle on it and take root. …






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Devastated: The world’s largest known organism is in Utah—and it’s dying

Matthew D. LaPlante and Paul Christiansen
PUBLISHED BY: Salt Lake City Weekly ON November 20, 2013
AAAS Kavli Award

There was a boy named Gary here, in 1984. He carved his name into the bark of an aspen tree, and, next to that, the name of his lover, Lori. Then, hedging his bets against beavers and beetles, fires and foresters, he did it again. And again. And again. …






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